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Virginia Tech students will have on-campus polling location for Nov. 2014

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Sophie Laing, Intern
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Major barriers to student voting in Montgomery County, Virginia were removed this past Monday at a County Board of Supervisors meeting. The Board approved two important changes that will address years of election confusion and polling place congestion that have plagued voters, particularly students at Virginia Tech, since 2008.

Illinois voting reforms encourage student participation in elections

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Sophie Laing, Intern
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Over the past year, Illinois has worked to implement a variety of pro-voter reforms, including measures that make registering to vote and voting more accessible, especially for college voters. The state legislature passed a bill last week establishing a pilot program for Election Day Registration, extending voting hours, and requiring polling places on public college and university campuses to offer in-person absentee voting on Election Day, which offers students a convenient alternative to traveling to the polling place.

Student Voting Summit Successful but Ideas Need to Be Put Into Action

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Kristen Muthig
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We’re very happy to report that Campus Vote Project’s Student Voting Summit was a success with insightful and exciting discussions about how to engage students and young people. Our panelists included a range of experts, advocates and organizers. We hope their unique experiences and ideas for what has worked to engage young people will inspire others to do work at their colleges and keep this movement going.

CIRCLE Commission on Youth Voting and Civic Knowledge Highlights Importance of Voting Rights and Election Information

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Dan Vicuna, Campus Vote Project Coordinator
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A new report from the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) makes a variety of recommendations aimed at young Americans to foster a more active and informed citizenry. “All Together Now: Collaboration and Innovation for Youth Engagement,” a report released by CIRCLE’s Commission on Youth Voting and Civic Knowledge, offers recommendations for policymakers, educators, families, and communities.

CVP Partners with U.S. Department of Education to Encourage Student Voting

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Dan Vicuna, Campus Vote Project Coordinator
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Last week, Campus Vote Project teamed with the U.S. Department of Education to put student voting in the spotlight. The Department organized a conference call designed to inform college administrators, faculty, staff, and students around the country about the importance of institutionalizing efforts on college campuses to get more students registered and voting. Under Secretary Martha Kanter led a discussion that highlighted specific strategies for getting more students to participate in our democracy.

Campus Specific Voting Districts - a new tool to engage student voters

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Julia Ross, CVP Intern
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In the coming weeks, many small towns across America will prepare for their populations to balloon as college students return to campus. From Berkeley, CA to College Station, TX to Burlington, VT, students comprise a significant proportion of the population in many of America’s iconic college towns.  However, though we invariably participate in the local economy and are part of the identity of these communities, engagement with local government varies widely from campus to campus.

Prairie View A&M the Site of the Battle for Student Voting Rights Once Again

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Julia Ross, CVP Intern
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Last week Priscilla Barbour, a student leader at Prairie View A&M in Waller County, TX sent a letter to her secretary of state, John Steen, asserting that Waller County’s failure to put a polling location on their campus was a violation of the Voting Rights Act. If you have worked on campus mobilization efforts or have struggled to get to an off-campus polling location you can understand the significance of Ms. Barbour’s action. 

North Carolina seeks to keep Blue Devils and others out of the polls

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Julia Ross
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College students in general are a pretty fortunate crowd. Yet, because  it is common for students to have limited access to cars or public transport, limited real control over their schedules, and frequent changes of address, even while remaining in the same community, their access to elections is often similar to that of members of underserved communities and minority groups.

Students IDs For The Win! NH to Accept them as a Form of Voter ID

Blog Author: 
Julia Ross

This week New Hampshire lawmakers halted an attack on student voting rights that was set to go into effect this fall. Because of a bipartisan agreement reached in a conference committee of state House and Senate members yesterday, phase II of the state’s voter ID law will explicitly list student IDs issued by high schools and colleges  in New Hampshire as legitimate forms of voter ID.

CVP at American Democracy Project and The Democracy Commitment Conference

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Dan Vicuna, Campus Vote Project Coordinator

I had the great privilege this past weekend to connect in Denver, Colorado with outstanding college students, faculty, and administrators at a conference organized by two American Association of State Colleges and Universities projects: American Democracy Project and The Democracy Commitment. Both organizations share CVP’s commitment to ensuring that more college students are active participants in our democracy.